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SonySonnar T* FE 55mm f/1.8 ZA Lens
 
4.9

(based on 62 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Nice bokeh (42)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (34)
  • Consistent output (32)
  • Lightweight (31)
  • Strong construction (30)

Cons

  • Pricey / poor value (3)

Best Uses

  • Low light (31)
  • Night photography (22)
  • Weddings (22)
  • Landscape/scenery (20)
  • Wildlife photos (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (17), Pro photographer (17), Semi-pro photographer (15)
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5.0

It Is What It Is

By Bruno

from LA, CA

About Me Pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Durable
  • Lightweight
  • Nice Bokeh
  • Strong Construction

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Portraits

    Comments about Sony Sonnar T* FE 55mm f/1.8 ZA Lens:

    It's well-constructed Zeiss glass so I can't ask for much more. If you know photography and how to make use of lenses, you have nothing to complain about with this one.

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    5.0

    Great lens

    By G0M0

    from Philadelphia Area

    Comments about Sony Sonnar T* FE 55mm f/1.8 ZA Lens:

    All reviews of this lens are five stars. I can't add more except to agree!!

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    5.0

    nice lens

    By Benoit

    from los angeles

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Consistent Output
    • Easily Interchangeable
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
    • Lightweight
    • Nice Bokeh

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery

      Comments about Sony Sonnar T* FE 55mm f/1.8 ZA Lens:

      back to the beginning, a "normal" focal length. Not much professional use for me but reminds me of my first film camera. Fun.

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      4.0

      No Stabilization. But awesome.

      By Tony

      from Bay Area

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Lightweight
      • Nice Bokeh

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Sony Sonnar T* FE 55mm f/1.8 ZA Lens:

          For me the lack of stabilization is a non-starter as we use this for hand held video and have become addicted. Maybe with the A7II we'll look at this again but it gave me the excuse to buy the 16-30. I don't feel badly.For stills the lens is awesome. But most of the stuff we shoot with the A7s looks awesome. I wish it would get in a little closer but it's so sharp you can crop with out losing much.

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          5.0

          24-70mm is not a substitute!

          By Sony convert from Nikon

          from .

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Consistent Output
          • Durable
          • Easily Interchangeable
          • Fast / accurate auto-focus
          • Lightweight
          • Nice Bokeh
          • Rugged
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Night Photography
            • Weddings/Events

            Comments about Sony Sonnar T* FE 55mm f/1.8 ZA Lens:

            I love my 24-70mm Sony lens! I wondered if I really needed the 55mm but have noticed since I've been shooting it that it really helps in low light. If you can swing it, GET BOTH!

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            5.0

            Gem

            By Egill Bjarki

            from Hong Kong

            About Me Pro Photographer

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            Pros

            • Consistent Output
            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Sony Sonnar T* FE 55mm f/1.8 ZA Lens:

                This little lens delivers image quality I have only seen in medium format until now. Initially, I though it was a bit over prized, especially compared to a 50mm f1.8 for a Nikon or Canon DSLR. You really should rather be comparing this beast of a lens to the new Zeiss Otus monster. I consider this lens to be a must have, it will unlock the full potential of the Sony A7R.

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                5.0

                Top Quality Prime

                By Scott

                from Saint Louis, MO

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                Pros

                • Consistent Output
                • Durable
                • Easily Interchangeable
                • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                • Lightweight
                • Nice Bokeh
                • Rugged

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Indoors/Low Light
                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Macro Photography
                  • Weddings/Events

                  Comments about Sony Sonnar T* FE 55mm f/1.8 ZA Lens:

                  I had heard good things about this lens before I bought it and I don't think anyone will be disappointed. It's a rather large 55mm, a bit longer than one might expect, but otherwise preforms excellently both wide-open and stopped down. Bokeh is very creamy and the lens will meet your isolation needs every time. It's clearly the top performer of the early Sony FE lenses and probably deserves to be in nearly every A7 series owner's bag. 55mm makes a classic street lens or walkabout prime. Highly recommended.

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                  5.0

                  Zeiss 55mm FE lens

                  By Al

                  from Green Lane, PA

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Nice Bokeh
                  • Strong Construction

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Night Photography
                    • Weddings/Events

                    Comments about Sony Sonnar T* FE 55mm f/1.8 ZA Lens:

                    As an artist in landscape, portrait and street photography.
                    Extremely sharp lens, almost unreal.
                    Honestly I can't say one bad thing about this lens.

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                    5.0

                    This Lens is awesome!

                    By Wichita Lensman

                    from Wichita, KS

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Lightweight
                    • Nice Bokeh

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Night Photography
                      • Sports/Action

                      Comments about Sony Sonnar T* FE 55mm f/1.8 ZA Lens:

                      I bought the Sony a7S with the 55mm f1.8 10 days ago. The lens is tack sharp. The focus is quick as shown by the action shot below. I love the depth of field options as shown by the detail of the children in the foreground and the blurred crowd in the background in the second shot.

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                      5.0

                      Perfect

                      By Brian

                      from New York, NY

                      About Me Casual Photographer

                      Verified Reviewer

                      Pros

                      • Consistent Output
                      • Durable
                      • Easily Interchangeable
                      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                      • Lightweight
                      • Nice Bokeh
                      • Rugged
                      • Strong Construction

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Indoors/Low Light
                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Night Photography

                        Comments about Sony Sonnar T* FE 55mm f/1.8 ZA Lens:

                        I have this on my a7. AF is fast and images are incredibly sharp. Great for portraits and streetphotography. Lens is light and feels well balanced on the a7.

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                        5.0

                        Buy It

                        By Joe

                        from Western North Carolina

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Consistent Output
                        • Durable
                        • Easily Interchangeable
                        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                        • Lightweight
                        • Nice Bokeh
                        • Strong Construction

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about Sony Sonnar T* FE 55mm f/1.8 ZA Lens:

                            Bought it as starter for A7, even though I hated spending the money and was worried it would be too big (seemed large compared to DSLR 1.8 50 primes). Once I got it, though, it didn't seem large at all. About the same width as old manual glass. Length is a little longer, but if you put a DSLR 50 prime with an adapter on an A7/R, it'd probably be about the same length. Now that I've got it, I love it. Fantastic sharpness, quick AF, comfortable size for handling. Seems pricey compared to cheap 50 primes from competitors, but has fantastic build quality and optics. Every bit as good as my other pro glass; plan on having it and using it for years. Highly recommend. Note: takes 49 mm filter; they're cheap, so be sure to get one to protect your investment.

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                            5.0

                            So far so sharp

                            By Noe

                            from Queens, NY

                            Comments about Sony Sonnar T* FE 55mm f/1.8 ZA Lens:

                            I've only had the lens for a few weeks now but so far it has lived up to the hype. I was using some older Nikon lenses on my a7R and they worked great. The problem I was having with those lense was the chromatic aberration. I was also getting a lot of color shift from shot to shot but with this 55 1.8 I have seemed to solve those issues. As far sharpness, you already know the thing is arguably the sharpest lense on the market.

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                            5.0

                            "Zeiss through and through."

                            By journeyswiththemessiah.

                            from Alpharetta, GA

                            About Me Pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Consistent Output
                            • Durable
                            • Easily Interchangeable
                            • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                            • Lightweight
                            • Nice Bokeh
                            • Strong Construction

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Great For Everything

                              Comments about Sony Sonnar T* FE 55mm f/1.8 ZA Lens:

                              After testing both the a7 and a7r, I tested the Zeiss 55, 35 and 24-70. Although I will add the 35/2.8 to my a7 system, the 55/1.8 reminded me of my earlier days of using Leica M Rangefinders and superior primes. This is an amazing lens, delivering edge to edge sharpness even wide open. The color is outstanding and the bokeh is creamy and perfect for portraiture...just as we have come to expect of Zeiss lenses. The build is solid.

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                              5.0

                              Awesome Bokeh

                              By Jack

                              from Placentia

                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Consistent Output
                              • Durable
                              • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                              • Nice Bokeh

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Indoors/Low Light
                                • Weddings/Events

                                Comments about Sony Sonnar T* FE 55mm f/1.8 ZA Lens:

                                Great Bokeh, good portrait lens

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                                5.0

                                Oh my g.., this lens is amazing!

                                By Eric

                                from San Francisco, CA

                                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                Verified Reviewer

                                Pros

                                • Consistent Output
                                • Easily Interchangeable
                                • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                                • Nice Bokeh
                                • Strong Construction

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Indoors/Low Light
                                  • Night Photography
                                  • Sports/Action
                                  • Video
                                  • Weddings/Events
                                  • Wildlife Photos

                                  Comments about Sony Sonnar T* FE 55mm f/1.8 ZA Lens:

                                  I just got this lens for my A7S. I'd say it hasn't left the body, but that would be a little disingenuous since it's the only lens I have for the A7S. But WOW, the pics that I've been taking! The level of sharpness and wide open is incredible. All of my photographic dreams are coming true with this combination. I've attached a couple of OOC photos that I've taken lately. I wish I could attach more, the lens is that good.

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                                  5.0

                                  Money well spent!

                                  By rmzNYC

                                  from New York

                                  Verified Reviewer

                                  Comments about Sony Sonnar T* FE 55mm f/1.8 ZA Lens:

                                  Love this lens, the best lens so far made by Sony-Zeiss. I bought this lens for my A7. IMHO this is better than the 24mm 1.8 that I'm using for my NEX 7. A must for the A7.

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                                  5.0

                                  Best fast 50 for Sony FE mount.

                                  By viktas

                                  from New Jersey

                                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                  Verified Reviewer

                                  Pros

                                  • Consistent Output
                                  • Durable
                                  • Easily Interchangeable
                                  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                                  • Lightweight
                                  • Nice Bokeh

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Indoors/Low Light
                                    • Landscape/Scenery
                                    • Night Photography
                                    • Weddings/Events

                                    Comments about Sony Sonnar T* FE 55mm f/1.8 ZA Lens:

                                    I have been using my copy on a a7r and can easily use it on my a6000 also with a crop factor of course. Crispest, cleanest colors even in low light I have even seen. Comming from a 5D3 and a host of lenses. Drop Canon for this form factor and loving it. Will love it even more when I get all my lenses but for now using sel10118, 55 FE f1.8, Sigma 150 f2.8 macro with adaptor of course and want a lighter macro set up later. Also a6000 with 16-50 for my youtube videos and 55-210 for some tele. Build is great and even lovelier at a weight saving plus the great form factor. Although others say can be faster a f1.8 on FF is much better then a f1.4 on a crop. This is the go to lens for the a7r.

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                                    5.0

                                    Beutiful color rendition

                                    By RmzNYC

                                    from NYC

                                    About Me Photography Student

                                    Verified Reviewer

                                    Pros

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                          Comments about Sony Sonnar T* FE 55mm f/1.8 ZA Lens:

                                          I have Zeiss 24 1.8 for my nex 7 that I loved dearly. Now that I have A7, I decided to get this one. I wasn't disappointed by this lens. The pictures are tact sharp. It looks like a 3d sometimes. This lens is a true keeper.

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                                          5.0

                                          "Mini Otus"

                                          By Carbon111

                                          from Mukilteo

                                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                          Verified Buyer

                                          Pros

                                          • Consistent Output
                                          • Image quality
                                          • Nice Bokeh
                                          • Sharpness

                                          Cons

                                            Best Uses

                                            • Indoors/Low Light
                                            • Landscape/Scenery
                                            • Night Photography
                                            • Wildlife Photos

                                            Comments about Sony Sonnar T* FE 55mm f/1.8 ZA Lens:

                                            For its size it's reasonably fast at f/1.8 but what really makes it a winner is the image quality! This is easily one of the sharpest normal primes I've ever shot, hence my "Mini Otus" title for this review.Compared to Canon L and Leica M glass, this little beauty holds its own, especially for the price.

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                                            4.0

                                            Great Auto focus lens!

                                            By L Fong

                                            from New York. NY

                                            About Me Pro Photographer

                                            Verified Buyer

                                            Pros

                                            • Consistent Output
                                            • Easily Interchangeable
                                            • Fast / accurate auto-focus

                                            Cons

                                            • Expensive

                                            Best Uses

                                            • Indoors/Low Light
                                            • Night Photography
                                            • Weddings/Events

                                            Comments about Sony Sonnar T* FE 55mm f/1.8 ZA Lens:

                                            Probably the best autofocus lens they make for the Sony A7/R.

                                            The lens is super sharp even at Maximum aperture.

                                            Super expensive for a 1.8! Wished Sony made this a 50mm .

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